Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss in adults. It’s a progressive condition, and is easily treatable in its earliest stages. From The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, here are the four main stages of gum disease.
The main symptoms of gingivitis include red or swollen gums that cause discomfort while brushing and flossing. You may notice bad breath on occasion. Gingivitis is often caused by the buildup of bacteria on teeth and the gum line.
Early Stage Periodontal Disease
This means an infection has spread beneath your gums, allowing harmful bacteria to begin harming the bone holding your teeth in place. An aggressive treatment plan can prevent it from getting worse.
Moderate Periodontal Disease
Moderate periodontal disease involves more advanced care. Surgery can reshape your gums and close pockets between the gums and teeth to reduce plaque buildup. This may sound intimidating, but the prognosis can be good.
Advanced Periodontal Disease
Flap surgery is common for this stage and involves cleaning the actual roots of your teeth by scrubbing behind your gums. Weakened bone can be smoothed or shaped to avoid bacteria from collecting.
Daily brushing and flossing, along with regular checkups at The Mt. Vernon Center for Dentistry in Alexandria, can prevent gum disease. Our patients rely on our care, and also come to us for complete family dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!